Perfect Mic For Podcasting

Until recently, any of my vocal record either at home or in the studio would require a mic setup (usually a Shure SM58), XLR lead, small desk, stereo phono to jack lead and onwards into the soundcard. Of course, you could eliminate the need for a desk and phono load by using an XLR to jack converter and plug into your soundcard that way.

No more I say!

Picked myself up a Samson C01U studio condenser mic. Why a studio mic? Why not! Its quality you’re after and after playing with the mic for the last four days or so (it arrived on Friday morning) then you can’t go far wrong. Best of all, the mic has been upgraded from Samson’s C01 series – the U standing for USB. Plug the studio mic straight into the sound card via USB and you’re laughing. PC friendly, MAC friendly and it comes with its own controller software to adjust mic phase, watch for clipping and adjust your levels.

The C01U works perfectly on any computer, Mac or PC, and with any DAW software program. It immediately solves a huge problem for users of many laptops, many of which have no other input method for audio devices.

It’s a must for any musician on the road or in the project studio, but the C01U is going to offer solutions to more than just musicians. The mic opens up possibilities for anyone who records audio—from Podcasters, journalists, students, and business people adding audio files to websites and multimedia presentations.

Bagged the mic from Thomann, along with a mini mic stand (which you don’t get with the mic). What you do get isa quality mic, a ten foot USB cable and software drivers on CD, but you can pick up the latest version of PC/Mac from

Of course, that must mean that there’s a podcast looming somewhere….


  1. Bernie Goldbach October 9, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    Aren’t Thomann great? They seem to have everything on the planet that connects with 1/4″ or 3.5 mm pins. We used one of their cables making the recordings at the “Blogging the Election” conference last weekend.

  2. Ken McGuire October 9, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    Love them. I’ll place an order on a Friday morning, delivered to the office either Thursday or Friday the following week, its perfect. Usually can’t get to any of the music shops until the weekend anyway if I’m lucky so it cuts out all the hassle. For their selection its pure genius. Plus, they’ve just started doing free shipping once you hit 200 euro which is a bonus for us! Usually big orders going in every second week or so 🙂

  3. keith bohanna October 17, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    You may or may not like their music – however this is an interesting record of Erasure setting up a “home” studio in a rented house for the recording of their new album. You (more that me) might even be able to understand what the feck they are talking about!


  4. Ken McGuire October 17, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    You forget a link Keith? Hmmmm?

  5. Ken McGuire October 17, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    I prefer to call it “hungry for information” 😛

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